CF.C Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week Seven

WASHINGTON STATE IS on a well-earned bye this week and needs a strong, four-of-five finishing kick to become bowl eligible. As tightly bunched as the Pac-12 is in the power rankings, it's a difficult but not impossible task.

previous week's rankings in parenthesis

1. Oregon (2)
Oregon dominated and frustrated UCLA to the point Bruin DT Eddie Vanderdoes threw a punch. UO coach Mark Helfrich privately expressed bewilderment 1) Vanderdoes wasn't ejected and 2) at the Pac-12 who said Tuesday they wouldn't punish him further. The Pac-12 as justification said the replay official 48 hours later determined Vanderdoes only punched the Duck player in the underarm and not in the head where he was aiming.

2. Arizona (1)
Casey Skowron pushed far right a last-second 36-yard field goal as Arizona lost 28-26 to Southern Cal. After the game, Arizona gave Skowron an off day so he could travel to the home of Drew Dunning and kick his front door in.

3. Stanford (4)
The Cougs hung tough until the Cardinal at last gained some fourth quarter breathing room. But as Stanford head coach David Shaw noted in his halftime interview, he doesn't line in a world of frustration. Indeed, Shaw said he spent the entire second half working on his new book, "I Live in a World of Daisy-Fresh Bliss."

4. Arizona State (5)
Todd Graham spent his bye week huddled with his agent, plotting to leave his dream job at Arizona State for his dream job at Michigan, his dream job at Florida or his dream job at North Carolina.

5. Southern Cal (7)
After 'SC backed into the win column via Arizona's missed field goal, Steve Sarkisian said God is intimately involved in the Trojans' journey: "I said this to the team: 'God's got a plan, but we're not exactly sure what his plan is for us yet.'" Hundreds of millions of people in North Korea, Iran and China were disappointed to learn God is spending all his time concerned about whether Steve Sarkisian wins or loses a football game.

6. UCLA (3)
Following the loss to Oregon, Jim Mora on Tuesday said he doesn't evaluate an opponent by looking at the final score. Moral Victory filed a lawsuit against Mora and the Modified Stableford Scoring System isn't happy either. Mora will be represented in court by UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, who vowed not to get played by the judicial system.

7. Washington (11)
Defensive tackle Danny Shelton made life miserable for Cal and is a lock for first team all-Pac-12. His reach extends off the field as well. Capri Pants announced at New York's Fashion Week that Shelton has agreed to become their new spokesmodel.

8. Utah (9)
Kyle Whittingham spent the bye week insisting he wouldn't make public if it'll be Kendal Thompson or Travis Wilson at quarterback on Thursday against Oregon State. Most everyone believes it will be Thompson after Wilson was yanked in the Utes' previous win over UCLA. Wilson still has strong supporters among Ute fans, some of whom have (unfortunately) discovered how to hashtag on twitter, #NobodyPutsBabyInACorner.

9. Cal (6)
"I thought it was more us than it was our opponent today," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said after three Cal fumbles led to 17 Husky points in the 31-7 loss. Mike Leach said something similar after the Cal game but Leach was referring to the Pac-12 officials as the opponent.

10. Washington State (8)
There are contradictory reports out on why Tony Corrente quit mid-season as Pac-12 Officiating Coordinator. Some say he was forced out after an AD's meeting. Others say Corrente resigned because the Pac-12 didn't support him enough. I personally believe another story, the one that Bill Moos dispatched consigliere Mike Marlow to Walnut Creek last week and Corrente quit after waking up to find a tray of organic tomato gel spheres in his bed.

11. Oregon State (10)
During OSU's second bye of the season, DT Kyle Peko was running with the 1's. Peko was a '13 recruit with 3-to-play-2 back then, but it was reported this Tuesday he did not pass the online class that would have finally made him eligible this season. He now has 1-to-play-1 in 2015, provided he can gain academic clearance by then. Corvallis oddsmakers are giving 1-5 odds Peko will open a bait shop with Randy Estes before he plays for the Beavers.

12. Colorado (12)
Mike MacIntyre spent his bye week wondering why the Pac-12 was so adamant about trumpeting his $10,000 fine in the media rather than focusing on the officiating infamy running amok in the Pac-12. (MacIntyre was fined after vociferously ushering the officials off the field following Colorado's loss the week before to Oregon State.) MacIntyre also used his off days to hire Daniel Craig to investigate if it's a Pac-12 zebra anonymously sending him a black and white cookie in the mail every week.


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